A few months ago on the blog, I posted my pitch for a new take on DC’s Blue Devil character, after it was clear that it wasn’t going anywhere. And today I saw the announcement for a new Black Lightning/Blue Devil storyline coming up in DC Universe Presents. Anyway, here’s the new character design by Brett Booth:
I don’t know the man himself, and I have nothing against him, but I’m not a fan of Booth’s style at all. To my eye, it’s a throwback to the absolute worst excesses of the 90s “Image style.” Metal kneepads with chains attached to them? Leather fetish wear with an open chest and more chains acting like a tail? Yeah, I pretty much think this design is 50 shades of hideous, and that’s being generous.
On the other hand, Marc Andreyko is writing the 5-issue story arc, and I’ve liked most of his past work, especially his reboot of the Manhunter character, with Kate Spencer in the role. And since it’s not clear that Booth will be the artist on the series, there’s some hope in that department yet.
I like the anthology aspect of DC Universe Presents, and I’m looking forward to Andreyko’s take on these characters. Despite my comments above about the character design, this isn’t a case of sour grapes. When I was given the opportunity to pitch to DC, I always knew it was a long shot, and I don’t begrudge any other creator getting work.
I just really, really dislike that ugly character design.